Michael A. Soltz

Current Position

Director - Medtronic

Research Interests

  • Cartilage mechanics
  • Cartilage tribology


  • B.S. University of Wisconsin - Madison, Mechanical Engineering, 1994
  • M.S. Columbia University, Mechanical Engineering, 1996
  • M.Phil. Columbia University, Mechanical Engineering, 1999
  • Ph.D. Columbia University, Mechanical Engineering, 2000

After graduation, Mike worked as an Engineer at Thoratec, as a Principal Engineer at Covidien then at Becton Dickinson. He is currently Director at Medtronic, in Fairfield, CT.


Soltz, M. A., Basalo, I. M., and Ateshian, G. A., 2003. Hydrostatic pressurization and depletion of trapped lubricant pool during creep contact of a rippled indenter against a biphasic articular cartilage layer. J Biomech Eng 125, 585-593, PMCID: PMC2842086, PubMed.

Huang, C. Y., Soltz, M. A., Kopacz, M., Mow, V. C., and Ateshian, G. A., 2003. Experimental verification of the roles of intrinsic matrix viscoelasticity and tension-compression nonlinearity in the biphasic response of cartilage. J Biomech Eng 125, 84-93, PubMed.

Soltz, M. A., and Ateshian, G. A., 2000. Interstitial fluid pressurization during confined compression cyclical loading of articular cartilage. Ann Biomed Eng 28, 150-159, PubMed.

Soltz, M. A., and Ateshian, G. A., 2000. A Conewise Linear Elasticity mixture model for the analysis of tension-compression nonlinearity in articular cartilage. J Biomech Eng 122, 576-586, PMCID: PMC2854000, PubMed.

Mauck, R. L., Soltz, M. A., Wang, C. C., Wong, D. D., Chao, P. H., Valhmu, W. B., Hung, C. T., and Ateshian, G. A., 2000. Functional tissue engineering of articular cartilage through dynamic loading of chondrocyte-seeded agarose gels. J Biomech Eng 122, 252-260, PubMed.

Soltz, M. A., and Ateshian, G. A., 1998. Experimental verification and theoretical prediction of cartilage interstitial fluid pressurization at an impermeable contact interface in confined compression. J Biomech 31, 927-934, PubMed.